LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
Fowler’s Home Team and Rhett Tree’s Present:
Backyard Party with Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Slim Wednesday
Featuring Performances by Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Slim Wednesday, and Big Chief Juan Pardo
What started in 2011 as a true “backyard” party for local real estate broker, David Fowler, Backyard Party has evolved into one of Denver’s most exciting free summer concerts. As part of Levitt Pavilion's free concert series, Backyard Party 2019 brings the music of New Orleans to Denver with legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Slim Wednesday featuring JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic, and special guest, Mardi Gras Indian, Big Chief Juan Pardo. Proceeds from sponsorship's benefit Denver-based Youth On Record.
VIP Upgrades Available
Your $30 donation gets you:
Access to our seated VIP Patio
2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 4:30pm
Premium stage viewing
All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 5:00 PM | Show at 5:30 PM
This event is Rain or Shine
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
Mix Jojo Hermann from Widespread Panic with The Dynamites and what do you get? Slim Wednesday, the day after Fat Tuesday—Southern Psych-Soul. Slim Wednesday creates a sound that keeps listeners dancing all night. The band focuses on the sound of New Orleans that was pioneered by artists like Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and The Funky Meters, all of which were a huge part of JoJo's musical background. John “JoJo” Hermann is known for his lead vocals on many New Orleans style jazz and blues covers and originals along with gospel-style organ playing. In capturing the quintessential sound of New Orleans, The Slim Wednesday Band will be sure to provide a night of dancing, partying, and great entertainment.
Big Chief Juan Pardo
Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians is an electrifying display of a culture that dates back over two hundred years in New Orleans. Chief Juan’s soulful voice brings any audience to feel like they are in the jazz filled streets of New Orleans. This percussion-heavy tribal music infused by the funk styles of the Meter’s, Willie T, and the Neville Brothers can only be performed by those who are chosen. The Chief and his Golden Comanche’s have studied the traditions of those before them and now are the keepers of the flame. Juan not only performs the music of this tradition but also writes and produces music that has become staples among tribes in New Orleans. Chief Juan has recorded and performed with many bands such as Galactic, 101 Runners, and Rhythm Conspiracy. He has graced the stage with names like Pattie Labell, Cryil Neville, Anders Osborne, Trombone Shorty, and Doctor John, to name a few. Chief Juan and the Comanche travel the world to bring the tribal and funk sound of New Orleans Culture to people everywhere.
5000 The Band
5000’s founding members are Meghann Jordan and Matt Youngblood. Meghann (5000) Jordan came up in the Athens, GA music scene. Surrounded by influences such as R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt, and other local musicians, she started playing guitar at age 13 and writing songs at 18. Matt spent the 2000’s in Minneapolis fronting his three-piece rock band, Chunky Jackson, heavily influenced by local bands such as Hüsker Dü and the Replacements.
Meghann and Matt met through longtime musical cohorts Dave Schools and Jerry Joseph. Both moved to Denver with the intention of starting an original rock band. They have been gigging as a duo (and sometimes a 4-piece rock band) for the past 2.5 years locally in Colorado, as well as nationally. Their music sounds like Minneapolis-meets-Athens Alterna-Punk with a strong 90's influence.